critical reading for the rude

hans rosling 2007

TED Talk:

He’s saying let’s unearth data so that we can make better decisions about how to improve people’s lives, and along the way, we get an excellent research tool for history, sociology, economics… Couple of other points — the end goal here is not “more money” or economic prosperity for the world, but rather economic prosperity will enable us to reach our goals of cultural expression, art, fun, and human rights:

Plus he takes off his shirt & swallows a sword at the end.


July 5, 2007 - Posted by | geo/pol, info sci, info viz


  1. […] Kirsten under access , open access , information  Update: Woody Evans has posted video of a more recent presentation by Rosling. The beginning is similar to the one linked below, but then it branches […]

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  2. That is a good point about economic prosperity being the means, not the end. But who gets to have the fun, the cultural expression, etc.? The ones who have created it, or the ones who complain they want it the most?

    Sorry, in a depressing funk today.

    Comment by Spencer | July 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. Important questions, Spencer… And probably beyond the scope of Rosling’s points(?)… But it usually turns out that the rich get to have the most fun, have the time for the most cultural expression, etc… Is it cyclical — money is the means to the ends of arts and human rights which are enjoyed by the monied?

    Comment by woody3 | July 9, 2007 | Reply

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